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  1. RAMPING UP: The Best Is Yet To Come!

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    What an exciting month it has been! In addition to my work in the legislature, I started a new job as Executive Director of Suited for Change, an organization that supports women in the DC Metro area who are re-entering the workforce after facing various challenges, including health crises and domestic violence. Many of my constituents have been clients or longtime volunteers and supporters of Suited for Change, and I'm enjoying working with them in this new capacity as well. If you know me, you know I have spent a lifetime working to improve Family Economic Security. A modern economy requires businesses and government truly adapt to women in the workforce—and I believe there are solutions that are good for both businesses and families. I am so excited to see greater national attention being paid to the issues I have spent my career committed to—especially pay equity and paid family leave.During the Democratic Debate, Hillary Clinton, Bernie San…

  2. BREAKING NEWS: Work, Women, and Wine....

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    Did you see me in the Washington Post and Bethesda Magazine yesterday? It was a VERY busy day, and the culmination of a hectic several months working for the families and businesses in District 16. Breaking News on Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund! This Bethesda Magazine article shares the big news that Montgomery County received a Federal grant to study establishing a Paid Family and Medical Leave program in Maryland.  Since the Hogan Administration was not interested in figuring out how to make this happen, I partnered with the Montgomery County Council and Councilmember Hans Riemer to apply for this funding, which will pay for research needed to pass my legislation The Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program- HB 985. The grant will put state and national experts to work figuring out how we can best implement a Paid Family and Medical Leave system in Maryland. These programs already exist in Californ…

  3. Delegate Ariana Kelly and Montgomery County Government Partner to Win Funding for Paid Family Leave Feasibility Study

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    For Immediate Release Sept. 29, 2015 Maryland Jurisdiction Awarded Federal Paid Family and Medical Leave Grant Delegate Ariana Kelly partners with Montgomery County Government to Conduct Feasibility Study  Today, State Delegate Ariana Kelly and Montgomery County Councilmember Hans Riemer announced a successful state—county collaboration moving us towards paid family leave in Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez announced Montgomery County, Maryland as one of eight jurisdictions awarded competitive grants to advance policy initiatives establishing state run paid family and medical leave. "To move paid family and medical leave forward in Maryland, we needed access to this funding. Because the Hogan Administration was not interested in applying, I partnered with my colleagues on the Montgomery County Council to win this grant and keep Maryland moving forward," Delegate Kelly said. The federal grant will allow Montgomery County to partner with stat…

  4. Delegate Kelly Accepts 2015 Choice Advocate Award

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    I  am pro choice because my mother became pregnant as a teenager. She and my father got married not long after that, and my sister and I came along not too long after that. During my childhood, my parents were working, finishing their education, and raising kids at the same time. It wasn’t pretty. There was never enough money. It was always a struggle. But that is a situation many American children are raised in. That's why choice has always been an economic issue for me. Of course there are plenty of other reasons to be pro-choice: self-determination, independence, control over your own body. Being pro-choice is about making sure women have enough power to control our own reproductive lives. That is our shared goal. That is our vision. The pro-choice movement uses the political process to make that vision a reality.  Together we have had some victories. Last year we finally legalized midwives in Maryland.   Two years ago we passed a law requiring sma…

  5. Can Maryland #LeadOnLeave ?

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    Dear Friend,  The Obama Administration and U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez have challenged us to become leaders on paid leave programs for workers. This is because we currently lag far behind almost all other nations in terms of workplace protections for paid time off for family emergencies, illness, and childbirth and caregiving. I have been working with my colleagues in Maryland and Montgomery County to move us forward so Maryland can #LeadOnLeave.  There are two ways Maryland can #LeadOnLeave right now! Paid Sick Days In Maryland, the Paid Sick Days legislation, SB 40 and HB 385 sponsored by Del. Luke Clippinger and Sen. Catherine Pugh, would provide employees of businesses with 10 or more employees with the right to earn up to seven days a year of paid sick time, and provide employees of the smallest businesses the right to earn 7 days of job-protected (but unpaid) time off. This legislation did not move out of Committee during …

  6. End of Session Letter

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    Dear Neighbor, Thank you for the privilege of representing you as your District 16 Delegate to the Maryland General Assembly. I am proud of the progress we made to advance a strong economy, secure families, and a safe and healthy environment. Here is an overview of the recently concluded 2015 legislative session: Montgomery County House DelegationThis year I was elected by my colleagues to chair the 24 member Montgomery County House Democratic Caucus. I worked very closely with Delegation Chair Shane Robinson (D39) to advocate for Montgomery County’s priorities in Annapolis. Our top priority was increasing the amount of school construction funding the state provides Montgomery County. This will allow us to build additions to our overcrowded schools. Currently, in Montgomery County 16 of the 25 high school clusters are already above 105% capacity. We successfully passed HB 923/SB 490, sponsored by Delegate Sheila Hixson and Senator Nancy King, which establishes a n…

  7. Update on Family-Friendly Legislation

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    Dear Supporter,  Yesterday I shared success from my economic agenda this session. I am happy to report that a number of my bills to support Montgomery County families are also set to become law. Here's how things are shaping up in Annapolis: HB564, which would end discrimination in parental leave and Family and Medical Leave benefits against married state employees, passed the House Appropriations Committee (thanks to my D16 colleague, Delegate Marc Korman, for his help advocating with his committee on this bill!) and the full House of Delegates. This legislation was just voted out favorably by the Senate Finance Committee, and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate on Friday. This bill is a priority of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Woman, and was supported by the Job Opportunities Task Force and Maryland Women’s Law Center. Special thanks to Rebecca and Sean Coleman, Dereck and Rachel Simmonsen, and Ellie Dayhoff-Brannigan for th…

  8. Quick Update of Business Issues

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    Dear Supporter,   As Legislative Session winds down I wanted to send a quick update on the business issues I have been leading on that are important in our district: Randall Gross  with the Massachussets Avenue Surgical Center was instrumental in passing HB 327, legislation that will expand the capacity of Ambulatory Surgical Centers to care for patients. This legislation, which I was proud to be the lead sponsor on, passed the House last month, and has passed out of the Senate Finance Committee. It is expected to pass out of the Senate later this week. This legislation, supported by a broad coalition in the health care industry, will provide more options for surgical patients, and keep Maryland a leader in health care access. Charlene and Tom Merkel with Bradley Food and Beverage partnered with me to champion HB 88 which will allow establishments like theirs to sell wine growlers in Montgomery County. Wine growlers are refi…

  9. The high cost of health care reform

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    Proud to be partnering again on legislation with Senator Pugh. We are working with healthcare providers and health-impacted groups to improve access to quality health coverage through our state's healthcare exchange. " Sen. Catherine Pugh and Del. Ariana Kelly have recently introduced legislation (Senate Bill 834/ House Bill 990) to help improve access to physicians and treatment for those with health insurance through the Maryland exchange. The Maryland General Assembly should work through the common-sense steps proposed by these legislators to protect patients and enable access to transparent, dependable health care coverage." See the full article in the Baltimore Sun HERE. 

  10. Endorsed by The Washington Post!

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    In the House races, two incumbents — C. William Frick, an emerging leader, and Ariana B. Kelly — have worked hard for transportation funding, marriage equality and other priorities and both merit renomination.     http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/endorsements-for-maryland-house-and-senate-primary-elections/2014/05/30/77f7303e-e76e-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_story.html